Bourbon, burgers and apple pie are coming to Detroit Avenue.
The new is slated to open its doors in the Bailey Building on Aug. 29.
The build-out took longer than expected, but construction is wrapping up on the 5,500-square-foot space.
The walls are finished; modern fixtures hung from the ceiling; the large black booths neatly line the massive windows; and the nearly 2,500-square-foot kitchen is ready.
The barrels bearing the names of the restaurant’s proprietors arrived this week, and are planted near the main entrance at the corner of Detroit Avenue and Warren Road.
The only things missing are a few tables and chairs — and people.
The restaurant and bar will seat as many as 140 patrons. The tabletops and bar are made by A Piece of Cleveland, a company that repurposes wood from demolished area institutions.
Eddie and Eddie’s general manager Larry Lewis, said that with the other restaurants in the area — think and — the restaurant will “fit in” with the community.
“We do everything unique, everything in-house,” Lewis said.
The menu’s influence is as all-American as apple pie — which will be one of the restaurant’s staples.
The one-page menu also features (you guessed it) bourbon and burgers.
A few of the items include the Eddie Burger — a 10-ounce patty made from brisket, chuck and short ribs — and a vegan burger, similar to a falafel with mint and cilantro.
Several of the menu items will be flavored with the bar’s signature bourbon.
And, of course, there will be apple pie made fresh in the restaurant’s bakery.
The restaurant is owned by Eddie Cerino.
The elder Eddie's grandmother, Carrie Cerino, owned several successful bakeries around Northeast Ohio. Eddie Cerino followed in her footsteps, opening a hip burger joint in 1985 called Fast Eddie’s.
Since then, he’s opened and operated a few successful restaurants, including Pizzeria Cerino, which he still owns. He also started, and later sold, the popular Eddie’s Creekside in Brecksville.
Cerino said hopes to build on the family’s experience in the restaurant business — and his talent making good burgers.
Keeping it in the family, Cerino is opening Eddie and Eddie’s with his son, Eddie Jr., and his daughter, Elise. His wife, Elisha, is also in the mix.
Elise Cerino said there were few “roadblocks” during construction, but the restaurant is ready to go.
“Finally seeing it all come together is pretty awesome,” she said.